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mollie Sat 25-May-13 21:03:00

I'm a cookery book addict and buy as many as I can get away with! Every one is a favourite so I can't actually answer my own question, which is: do you have a favourite cookery book? Is it a published one or handed down through your family?

GillieB Sun 26-May-13 14:58:20

I love cookery books and have a huge range of them - sometimes I will even take them to bed to read! One I often use is actually one of those weekly magazine type series where you bought and then put them in a book - Perfect Cooking. It was my very first "book" and I still use recipes from it.

kittylester Sun 26-May-13 16:45:27

I love cookery books and I love cooking!!

My most used cookery book is a loose leaf binder (well 3 actually blush) with recipes I've printed off, ripped out of magazines or hand written by/from friends. They are all in separate plastic envelope thingies that get really disgusting. shock

Isn't it funny that lots of cookery books have only one or two recipes in them that one uses regularly (or is that just me?) Apart from the sainted Delia, the ones I am using most at the moment are 'Nigellissimo' and the Lisa Faulkner one called something like 'From my mother to my daughter' Nigel Slater's 30 minute cook book provides lots of inspiration too.

I still have things like the Bero cookbook my Mum had, but don't use it, and a Mrs Beeton from around 1920 which is good for a laugh. grin

Ariadne Sun 26-May-13 17:29:05

I have a loose leaf binder too, and a recipe box given to me by and American friend and not much used. The binder used to be so well organised, and now bits of paper float out at random because I haven't put them back properly.

I have Nigella's "Feast" which has several food stained pages, and quite a few of Delia's books - nice and sensible. But, like everything else today, if I want a recipe, I tend to google it. I keep my iPod or iPad in its dock in the kitchen when I'm cooking seriously, the can switch from music to recipe..

BTW, did anyone collect those "Supercook" magazines back in the ??? 60s/ 70s. They used to have a monthly offer of cookware etc which I could never afford...

Stansgran Sun 26-May-13 18:07:14

My ex SIL did ariadne and I copied quite a few recipes at the time. I still make a lemon and tomato relish and a cucumber relish from it. I have three files with plastic pockets into which I put favorite tried and tested recipes. Ones is for soups ,one for mains and cakes and puds go into no. 3 .ive stopped saving recipes- if I tear one out I have to make that week or it gets binned. I have a house full of rubbish.

vegasmags Sun 26-May-13 18:09:27

My baker's bible remains the Be-Ro book. I remember the one we had at home when I was a girl, with a photo of a schoolgirl in a blouse and gymslip, and the legend: Baking days would be dull days for little Marjorie withou Be-Ro. I taught myself to bake from its recipes and still turn to them. Even though it has been reprinted and revised, many of the orginal recipes are still there.

MrsJamJam Sun 26-May-13 18:30:20

The ones used most are Delia, Nigel Slater, British Bake off and one called Perfect by Felicity Clarke. This last one is a collection of classics, the author tried out various versions of each until she found the 'perfect' scone, crumble, quiche, stroganoff etc. I have found it very useful for improving my repertoire.

OH was given a day cookery course as a birthday present and went off to learn indian cookery, so we are currently being treated to some yummy curries with home made chappattis and dahl. Lucky me!

Galen Sun 26-May-13 18:30:51

I have hundreds, I'm addicted to them. But I never cook!
If I have to I grab my mothers prewar copy of Elizabeth Craig

mollie Sun 26-May-13 18:49:45

I collect and store recipes from magazines etc. too and they're stored in a ring binder too. And I used to collect those part-works back in the 70s but never had the chance or encouragement to use any of the recipes so I just drooled over the pictures!

I've got a couple of old cookery books from my school days that I didn't give back (naughty!) and they are well thumbed. But nowadays my favourites are a mix of Delia and Nigel with all Jamie's, Rick Stein's, Nigella's, a few hairy bikers and lots of books from other cooks and chefs, some chosen for their photography and some for their recipes. I don't use them all but I do read them often... I also buy digital cookery magazines - Delicious is brilliant and I've used lots of their recipes in recent months. I think I must be obsessed!

j08 Sun 26-May-13 18:55:08

My favourite cookery books are ones I bought in my twenties, before I was married. Molly Weir. And Farmers Weekly.

Nonny Sun 26-May-13 19:07:03

I have a range of cookery books and use all my Delia ones regularly. Her recipes are reliable. I also like Nigella's Feast and Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall's Meat book.
I bought Supercooks in the 1970's but don't often use them now. I bought them as I decided that collecting them was more sensible than buying other women's magazines!

kittylester Sun 26-May-13 19:12:06

Crumbs jingle I had a Mollie Weir recipe - wonder what happened to that? Can't remember what it was for confused

I collected some cards, that had blue tops!, that came every week and then you had to buy the box and the dividers. Still use the one for pots au chocolate! grin It's in my folder!! I also use a recipe (much adapted) for paprika chicken that came in a book featuring all the Tonight presenters. Crumbs!

MargaretX Sun 26-May-13 19:20:25

yes vegasmags I have tattered Be-ro booklet permanently in the kitchen( other cookery books are in a IKEA bookcase). it is the second or third volume. My other favourite is a Madhar Jaffrey cookery book. I have cooked more recipies out of that than any other.

I also use the basic German cookerybook which is the standard work here and I did use it a lot but not so much now. I did a three years cookery course in the UK in the 60s and we were taught to use a recipie file box. These recipies are used by both my daughters and they have file boxes of their own, the system is unbeatable. You only put well tried recipies in it.

grannyactivist Sun 26-May-13 19:33:42

A Marguerite Patten cookery book was one of my few wedding presents in 1970 and has been in constant use for basic recipes ever since. When my son left for university we scoured the charity shops until we found him one. He's a dab hand in the kitchen and also is very keen on any of Jamie Oliver's books. I have a lot of very old cookery books and enjoy resurrecting old fashioned recipes, but also have a card index for favourites.

absent Sun 26-May-13 19:47:45

Supercook - all 112 parts - was published in the mid-1970s. I joined the editorial team when they had reached somewhere about M in the alphabet. There was a major miscalculation about the number of recipes required for the entire series so by the time we got to the xyz issues, we had to invent some very strange recipe titles. The recipes themselves were fine; they just had odd titles. Incidentally, every recipe in the entire collection was tested , including all the tripe recipes, on that occasion in a very tiny kitchen on an extremely hot summer's day!

Deedaa Sun 26-May-13 20:21:00

I had the Cordon Bleu Cookery Course which was slightly before supercook but the cordon bleu bit wore off once I had children. I was a bit appalled when I realised that I've got nearly 30 Italian cookery books (and that's the thinned out version!) but I have got a couple of Delia's and several french ones.

If I could only keep one it would have to be Jamie's Italian because his recipes seem to be closest to what Italians actually cook (and his quick Tiramisu is brilliant if you're in a hurry)

j08 Sun 26-May-13 20:25:09

Yes. Marguerite Patten is probably the best of the lot.

Deedaa Mon 27-May-13 22:01:19

I've still got a book from the early 70's called Poor Cook (poor as in poverty stricken, not bad ) it's full of very economical recipes for the sort of continental meals that we were beginning to hear about then.

FlicketyB Tue 28-May-13 16:58:15

Bee Nilson's 'Penguin Cookery Book'. I bought my first copy in the late 1960s. When that fell apart I bought another copy and then a third. It is my vade mecum for all the basic information and recipes. I know my way around it and wouldn't be without it.

Like others I am always collection recipes from books, magazines, even online. I try them out and if they work they still get written on an index card and put in an index book. I do however have a spread sheet with them all listed to make menu planning easier.

Rosiebee Tue 28-May-13 18:00:07

I have a pink ring binder of recipes I've cut out and used and a blue binder of the ones I haven't used yet. I do have to keep whittling away at the blue binder as I'm always adding to it. Only today I've had a cull of some of my cookery books. There's a full shelf of them and some haven't seen the light of day day for a long time. I love, love, love Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries. They're a permanent fixture by the bed. Delia's original cookery course always turns up trumps for basics and I've just discovered Gordon Ramsey's Cookery Course. Really simple tasty recipes that don't need loads of unusual ingredients. We're trying his Minced Beef Lettuce wraps for tea today. In fact I'd better go and make a start.

seasider Sat 01-Jun-13 00:35:51

I have a binder of bits from magazines and recipes friends have given me. My mum had a Be-Ro book and I was so excited to find the latest version. I love all Delia's book because they are so easy to follow and I also use the Good Housekeeping book regularly. I have lots of others that I never use but I do like to look at the pictures! When I was small my mum had a book that showed people having kedgeree and kidneys for breakfast. I thought that was what all posh people ate! grin

ninathenana Sat 01-Jun-13 06:30:41

I have Marshall Cavendish part works called Nice 'n' Easy which came as a monthly magazine back in late '70s. Plus a few other cook books.

I can't remember the last time I used a recipe from any of them. Or even opened one of them grin

glammanana Sat 01-Jun-13 07:22:16

I have a copy of The Stork Margarine cook book that belonged to my mum,a must for when you forget the ratio's for pastry and The Dairy Cook book mum bought off the milkman always inspirational for cakes and biscuits.
Of my up to the minute cook books I do love my Gino's Pasta recipe book.

inthefields Sun 02-Jun-13 07:47:12

grannyactivist ..... we share the same "bible" smile
Mine was also a wedding present, around that time, and has been in use ever since for the basics that are too infrequently used to commit to memory.
I was so bereft when my original copy was ruined in a kitchen flood, that I found and bought a copy through Amazon books.

I have made the "rich Christmas cake" every year since my very first Christmas as a new hostess in my own home, and it has never failed .....in fact it impresses sufficiently that I now have to make 7 cakes, for distribution to various family.

inthefields Sun 02-Jun-13 07:57:20

kittylester Isn't it funny that lots of cookery books have only one or two recipes in them that one uses regularly or is that just me

Not just you, and a piece of research was carried out which proved that (on average) people only try 4 recipes from any one cookbook!!
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261941/Celebrity-recipe-books-digest.html

goldengirl Sun 02-Jun-13 09:35:25

I have a Stork cookery book that I was given at school when I was 14. It's basic and excellent. [I was probably given it because I wasn't good at cookery smile].
Coming up to 'modern times' I use Nigella a lot and the Hairy Bikers diet type book. Someone gave me a Jamie Oliver but I couldn't get on with it but I enjoy watching Nigel Slater on TV so might give him a try. I bought the cookbook of the TV series where a young girl cooked on 2 rings and held a 'restaurant' in her tiny flat in Paris from time to time. The book seems more complex than watching her in action on TV though and I need things simple!
I also have an ATDS book which was our text book at school and that's good for basics too. Many years ago when I was first married I had a SHE cookbook with picture instructions - I used that a lot but don't know what happened to it. I've got quite a few I don't use though and should really pass them on.

HappyNanna Sun 02-Jun-13 09:42:44

My favourite cook books are The OXO book of meat cookery which I've had for donkeys years and Delia's How to cheat at cooking. Agree, don't use many different recipes from them though, just a few favourites.

Nelliemoser Sun 02-Jun-13 09:53:07

The Dairy book of Home Cooking excellent for all basic stuff. Rose Elliots vegetarian cookery. BBCs Madhur Jafferey's Indian Cookery.

Various other veggie cook books. River Cottage Prue Leiths and Cranks.
I also have a very yellowed Bero cook book with pages falling off.

You can tell which cookery books are most useful by the amount of staining on the pages.

mollie Sun 02-Jun-13 10:43:06

I've got a Dairy cookery book too, bought from the milkman one Christmas about thirty odd years ago. It's lovely but the amount of butter, cream and milk would probably be considered a bit unhealthy these days. Never mind, a little bit of what you fancy...

whenim64 Sun 02-Jun-13 11:02:52

I bought my Dairy cookbook from the milkman, too. It was nearly 40 years ago, just after I got married in 1973. It was my first cookbook. The only other recipe I had was from the middle of the Woman magazine, for a Christmas cake.

Now I've got shelves full of cookbooks. If I get really stuck for a good classic recipe, I go to Prue Leith's Cookery Bible.

yogagran Sun 02-Jun-13 20:27:56

Another Dairy cookbook bought from the milkman is on my shelf too - and I still use it!

lujaha Sun 02-Jun-13 22:05:28

I have far too many cookery books but I cannot bear to part with any of them in case I might need a recipe from one of them ! Yes I love Nigel particularly the Kitchen Diaries, Hairy Bikers and Josceline Dimbleby has been a favourite for years. Her recipes are easy and always a bit more interesting than a lot of the classics.

Hunt Sun 02-Jun-13 23:15:13

Glammanana, exactly my choice! Stork Margarine book and The Dairy Cookbook.

merlotgran Sun 02-Jun-13 23:22:47

Keith Floyd's books have always been the most used in our house.

ElliMary Mon 03-Jun-13 19:02:20

I remember the Stork and the OXO cookery books. I threw them away a while ago they were in such a ragged condition. I used Katherine Whitehorn's 'Cooking in a Bedsitter' in the 60s. She knew a lot about cooking continental food which is what we have now in our supermarkets.

mckenzzee Fri 04-Oct-13 22:14:32

Hi

This is a very unusual request I've searched for months trying to locate this recipe - I've turned my mothers house upside down but had no luck - so I've scoured the internet & found what may be my last hope.

My mother used to have the whole collection of ‘Marshall Cavendish Supercook’ they were fantastic and she made some fab food.

One recipe I loved was a 'Tuna Quiche' it had pimentos, olives of course tuna and it's delicious I've made the quiche a couple of times but it was so long ago and I cannot lay my hands on the recipe which I'm sure I had - it's my birthday next week & I want to so much make it, is there any chance you could locate it for me and forward the recipe to me - I would be so grateful.

I wait anxiously and in hope that maybe someone out there can come to my rescue smile

Kind regards

Scooter58 Fri 04-Oct-13 22:21:05

I also have a Bero cookery book.Was my Grans and passed to me.Memories of many happy times as a child making dropped scones etc with my Gran and getting to "lick " the bowl before washing it.

absent Fri 04-Oct-13 22:54:42

mckenzzee I have sent the recipe (Volume 6, page 2024 and rather pretentiously titled Quiche au Thon) to you in a pm as requested. Enjoy.

squaredog Sun 06-Oct-13 09:30:17

I'm a newbie here.

I'm expecting my first GC next May and have been on MumsNet til now,Why I ask myself?

I am 61, but had serious misconceptions of this gang.

Be Ro. The very name takes me back. Stork, The Dairy Cookbook from the milkman......

I'm home. There's no going back.

Reddevil3 Sun 06-Oct-13 19:40:54

Has anybody had 'Left over for tomorrow' by Marika Hanbury-Tennison?
She used to write a cookery article, I think, for the Telegaph years ago.
Anyway, she has some amazing recipes using leftovers and it saves throwing out any uneaten food in these stringent days. It's quite satisfying to make something out of nothing.
It's out of print but available through Amazon. (I hate to say!)

annsixty Sun 06-Oct-13 20:18:43

I remember MH-T writing in the Telegraph (did she die young?) and still make her onion sauce which everyone loves. I still have some loose pages from those times.

storynanny Sun 06-Oct-13 20:31:24

I still use a tatty old pamphlet with recipes in it ûsing campbells condensed soup. Used to be able to feed a family of 5 with very little meat using these great recipes. Otherwise its Good Housekeeping 1975 version if I forget ratios for basic recipes etc. i also remember my mum buying the dairy book from the milkman, must have a look next time I visit and see if she still has them.
Ive also got a book with stuck in recipes collected from various magazines etc over the years. Its nostalgic looking back on them and thinking about when the children were little and liked helping in the kitchen.

Deedaa Sun 06-Oct-13 22:56:02

Nothing to do with cookery Books annsixty but I visited Marika Hanbury Tenison's home a couple of times in the 90's. She had died quite young (cancer? can't remember) and her husband had re married. I think it was an old friend of her's that he married and the house had been kept completely unchanged. Every flat surface was covered with souvenirs from their travels. Heaven knows how she ever managed to cook - there wasn't an inch of clear space.

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